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I tend to find bio's about myself hard to write. How do you start? I know they're about selling yourself, putting out the best version of you for the world to see. Nothing wrong with that, that's exactly what I'm about to do. Well sort of..
I love reading; I can't get enough of it. I do a lot of reading for review; you can check that out on my blog, the link is already in my profile. I'm honest; I don't like putting a blurb about the book in my reviews, that’s what a synopsis is for. I start with what I feel at the end of the book. To me that's what a review is, your thoughts and feelings on the book; not a rewrite of the book itself.
I don't always like the books I read, and I have no quorums about giving a below average review. (Let’s not use the word bad. Because someone else will probably think I book I dislike, is amazing.) You can learn a lot from a one or two stars review; unless it's a bully review, just ignore them.
I'm a happy person, I don't dwell on things and I often forget anything I deem unimportant. I don't have time for BS anymore. It's tiring and just a waist of valuable time.
I have two cats, if you count my roommates, three. A kitten that makes it his mission to destroy me in the cutest ways possible, so I can't get mad, damn you cats and your natural puss-in-boots eyes.
I love to write, I've been working on a novel for about; I don't known, a year now. I'm about five chapters in, and my main problem is after I finish a chapter I keep going back a rereading the others, to try catch mistakes and typo's. I have clumsy fingers, and my keyboard insisted on fighting with me, every day!
What else is there so say, other them I'm bluntly awesome. I was once told by a good friend, that I don't beat around the bush, I trample it. That was over 10 years ago and even now, when I remember that, I smirk or bust out laughing.
Have a wonderful reading day
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on Oct. 15, 2014
I received a copy of the eBook from the Goodreads group Read It & Reap in exchange for an honest review.
I'm impressed, very very impressed.
This was such an amazing read and I was hooked right away. Once I started I had a hard time putting it down. I officially started it Monday (Thanksgiving Day here in Canada), it takes 5 top 6 hours or more, depending on the size, to cook a turkey. So while I was cooking dinner for my friends, I started to read and I got so engrossed that I kept missing my timings. I nearly missed starting the slat beef and peas pudding and that just messed everything else up. ( I was born in Newfoundland, so if what I just wrote sounds a little strange to you, google Newfie's jiggs dinner)
I absolutely loved the flow of the book, it was fast pace, and just when you thought one scam was over, another one started right back up. I was never board or lost, and even though I knew Dane was a bad guy, (evil really, devil got nothing on him) I was cheering for him to win.
Dane does go through woman like candy, but his so meticulous, that he has them, for the most part, eating out his hand (and other places.. wink, wink) in a matter of minutes. In truth, besides being a sociopath, he is a master chess player. He knows when to move, when to hold, making sure he's always five steps ahead, and most importantly, he knew when to sacrifice his ponds to secure his future victory.
I really loved the ending, because it was unforeseen, like that out of the blue last minute ditch move, that would probably throw a lesser person to rise the white flag or run himself through. Not Dane, he quickly worked out a perfect counter, that and like any good master, had a trap already in waiting.
Check and mate.
I highly recommend this book, don't get me wrong it is about how a sociopath, murdered, cheated, and pretty much destroyed others to get to the top, but even in the written word, Dean has this way of casting a spell on you, making you want him to win. That and as I said above this book is one big beautiful chess game that will have so intreated, that the pages won't stop turning until you reach that ultimate checkmate of a ending.
Books like this are hard to find, don't pass up this hidden gem you will not regret it.
Until we play again
A Shadow in the Moonlight: A Thirteenth Hour Prequel
on March 20, 2015
(I have received this ARC from the Author in exchange for my honest review.)
This may have been a short read but it captured my attention from the start and didn't lose hold until the end.
A hunter of no name, lost, hungry and cold; stumbles upon an amateur wizard trying to cast himself invisible, only for the hunter to mess it up and cause himself, in a sense, to be cursed by the unsuccessful spell.
I will give no more away, because no one likes a story spoiled.
I liked the world that Mr. Blum has created. In those short pages he manages to paint a vivid pictured that sets the right building blocks to get our minds run wild. I had no trouble picturing the landscape that he painted, nor was I ever confused.
The mage, the fumble that he is, is my favorite charter in this short. He's a mess, but at the same time he's got this I-don't-give-a-f*** vibe going on. Points.
Then ending is sweet but there is a spoiler of a sort that suckered punched my feels a little too heard. Not cool, not cool. -_-
I highly recommend this little short. It's sweet, fun, vivid and alive. A hidden love story and the setup for his novel The Thirteenth Hour , you will not be disappointed. I personally can’t wait to dive into that amazing world of magic.
Thank you Joshua Blum for choosing me to advance read this intriguing world, and for setting the stage, in my head, for when I read The Thirteenth Hour.
Frost (Midnight Ice Book One)
on Jan. 30, 2017
When I finished reading this book, I dropped my kindle (may have slightly tossed) and said to my roommate.. "It's over... it end on a cliff hander, what the hell.!" My heart might be slightly damaged. I was not expecting that plot twist.
I am in love with Pandora, she is badass! I love how for the most part she repeatedly kicked Jax's a$$. He deserved it, at first I felt sorry for him, but after the nuclear explosion that was the ending, I hope she rips his balls off. And believe me, I was on his said for a bit, I totally bought into why he though she turned, but damn it, holy hell, Pandora had a right to run, to get away. Jax, I hope he meets a very bloody end.
Apart from me picking up what's left of my heart, this is an astounding work of fiction. I was drawn in form the start, I took my time reading because this is a short read; that and, this being an ARC I'm going to have agonize over having to wait that much longer for the next instillment. I need to know what happens!!! Aside from that pain in the behind, the plot is solid, the tone is light but dark at the same time. We're give action, blood, and theft; mix with a some witty banter and of course Pandora's vexing why of dealing with her emotions. (I'm not a fan of the running, though I do get why).
The pacing is fast, with just enough of a lull to get some background and some gushy romance. The battle scene's... Ah... be still my beating heart!
There is so much I can say about this book, so much I can try to explain as to why I believe you should read this book. So I'm not going to keep this long, so take my word for it. Read this book, it is something special, something much more then your typical vampire romance.
I highly recommend this book. Pandora is the MC you've been waiting to read about, she has broken down walls I didn't even know I had up regarding urban fantasy. I have a new love for it, and I believe you will to.